Measles alert issued for the southern Gold Coast

Gold Coasters are being warned to look out for measles, after the public health unit was notified of confirmed case on the southern Gold Coast.

The person visited local food outlets in the Coolangatta area between Wednesday September 18 and Saturday September 21, when they caught a flight out.

Coolangatta locals or frequent visitors are being urged to be alert for symptoms, which include fever, lethargy, runny nose, moist cough and sore red eyes.


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This is followed a few days later by a blotchy, red rash which often starts on the face and then becomes widespread over the body.

Anyone who displays these symptoms should be in contact with their GP immediately.

Gold Coast Health has advised that people are generally considered to be immune to measles if:

  • You were born before 1966
  • You have had two documented doses of a measles containing vaccine (such as
    MMR)
  • You have measles immunity proven on blood testing
  • You have had laboratory-confirmed measles disease

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